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Iran Lawmaker Says Blackout at Natanz Nuclear Site Suspected to be Sabotage

Iran Lawmaker Says Blackout at Natanz Nuclear Site Suspected to be Sabotage

Sunday, 11 April, 2021 - 15:15
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

An Iranian lawmaker has raised concerns about possible “sabotage” after Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility lost power Sunday.


Malek Shariati Niasar, the Tehran-based lawmaker who serves as spokesman for the Iranian parliament's energy committee, wrote on Twitter that the incident was “very suspicious,” raising concerns about possible “sabotage and infiltration.” He said lawmakers were pursuing details of the incident.


The Natanz facility, which is located in the desert in the central province of Isfahan, is the centerpiece of Iran's uranium enrichment program and monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog.


Sunday's "incident caused no casualties or contamination," Iran's Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said, adding that "electricity was affected at the Natanz facility."


The cause was being investigated, Kamalvandi told Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.


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